Gaming Post 35: Pokémon Silver Version

The random number generator chose Pokémon Silver Version. That’s interesting.

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Pokémon Silver Version was a Game Boy Color game that came out in October of the year 2000. It was one of the two video games that introduced players to the second generation of Pokémon (the group of 100 Pokémon that were revealed to players after the first 151). Silver Version’s mascot is the legendary Pokémon Lugia, who had been introduced to audiences earlier that year in the second Pokémon Movie, “Pokémon the Movie 2000”.

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When Pokemon Gold and Silver came out, I didn’t get Silver right away, but I did get Gold Version the first day it came out. I chose Gold instead of Silver because I preferred Ho-oh over Lugia. To me, Ho-oh seemed like a Pokémon that was even newer than Lugia, and that is what made me decide to get Gold first.

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I eventually received Silver as a Christmas present, seemingly on Christmas of 2001, but it possibly could have been 2000. My memories of that time in my life are a bit fuzzy. The only evidence against me having gotten it for Christmas of 2001 (that I can think of) is that Pokémon Crystal was already out at that point, and Silver was considered to be inferior to Crystal. I can’t say for certain whether or not I got Crystal on its release date, but if I really did get Silver for Christmas of 2001, it seems that Pokémon Crystal might have been received on another occasion some time after its release date.

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Thinking about this feels like a time paradox.

I was about 9 back then, and looking back at it, I seemed to be more focused on playing through the story rather than playing beyond the end. I got all 16 Badges in the game and beat Trainer Red like I had done in Gold Version, but in Silver, that’s where I stopped. My starter Pokémon was Totodile because I had already chosen Cyndaquil in Gold, and because Chikorita was in my opinion the lamest of the three.

 

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In those days, I had a guide which I attempted to use with my friend Jonah to complete the Pokédex, but it was a fruitless endeavor. There was no known way to get Mew or Celebi without cheating, and I wasn’t goal-oriented enough to capture the other 249 that were possible to catch. My first real attempt at catching em all would have to wait until Generation 3.

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I lost this guide some time in the past 15 years.

I remember reading that Pokémon Silver Version was considered by the Scholastic Book of World Records to be the most sold video game. I don’t think it was true though, even at the time it was printed. Maybe it was the most sold game during a specific year, but I’m not sure. Even so, if it was true that more copies of Silver were sold than Gold, it seems to indicate that people favored Lugia over Ho-oh at that time, even though the metal Gold is usually considered to be more valuable and thus better than Silver. The reason for Lugia’s popularity might be its design, but it seems to me that people were starting to prefer Pokémon that they were familiar with over those that were perceived to be new. Lugia had its movie, and although Ho-oh did appear in the first episode of Pokémon on TV, I know I never saw that episode until years later, so to many, it was completely new. The sentiment of preferring the familiar would drive some people who had previously liked Pokémon to dislike the newer Pokémon simply based on the fact that they were new and not of the original 151.

 

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As for me, I liked the shiny cartridges.

Pokémon Silver Version was good, but it was pretty much the same exact game as Gold. It was because I had already beaten Gold and Silver that I later found Pokémon Crystal to be not worth finishing until I finally did in 2014, but that’s a story for another time.

 

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Technically, I have still not played through the remake of Pokémon Silver that came out in 2010. I played Heart Gold but it was my brother who played Soul Silver. I’ll be sure to think of an excuse to play through Soul Silver one day.

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In Soul Silver, the HM background color is Silver! Not Gold! It’s Different!

I played Pokémon Silver again in the year 2014. I won’t tell you why, but you may be able to guess. Until the time is right, I’m leaving it as a sloppily kept secret. By the way, here’s a trailer for The Yellow Quest!

 

And here’s a link to the playlist

Thanks for reading!

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Gaming Post 6: Halo, Spartan Ops

Sometimes I count Downloadable Content as a full game, especially if that content takes longer to complete than the main story. In this case, it did. My random number generator AI told me to write about this Halo DLC. Here goes!

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Spartan Ops is an extra story in Halo 4 that takes place after the events of the game. It consists of 50 missions that each take about 15 minutes to complete. I played it on Xbox 360 and needed an Xbox Live Gold Membership to play it, but I got a pretty good deal. I’m not sure whether or not you need Gold Membership to play Spartan Ops on the Halo: Master Chief Collection, but I have heard that Spartan Ops was recently added in a patch to the game if you want to play it and have an Xbox One.

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Considering that Halo 4 only had 9 missions that were only slightly longer than the missions in Spartan Ops, you might think that with 50 levels, Spartan Ops is pretty difficult to complete. This is not true. The key to Spartan Ops is persistence. The saving grace of such a comparatively long game is that if your character dies, you simply respawn. Whenever that happens, no progress is lost. All the enemies you killed before are still dead and in fact are in the same places where they were at the moment you died. You can die an infinite number of times and still win.

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There was one situation I encountered where a level was impossible to complete, and it’s the only thing that really bothers me about this DLC. Sometimes, one of the enemies with a jetpack might accidentally glitch its way behind a cliff in such a way that it’s impossible to find it and kill it. In that part of the game, the objective is to kill all the enemies or else you can’t progress. I wasted a lot of time in what should have been a 15 minute level looking in vain for a way to kill that one bad guy. I think that 343 Studios should address that problem with a patch. I have heard of the problem occurring in more than the level I found it in.

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There are some pretty good cutscenes that occur every 5 missions, and they presumably set the stage for the upcoming game Halo 5. I won’t be getting an Xbox One to play Halo 5, but I will mooch off my friend Bryan and play through the story after it comes out.

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On to the next Gaming Post!